March 11, 2020


I had a brief two weeks at the Studios at Mass MoCA to see what will come and interrupt you when you have time alone. 


The wildflowers in this image are blooming now in the Sonoran Desert. While I was looking for images and shapes of living things from the desert I had to wonder a lot if there is even a possibility of knowing anything at all from such a distance. I do have my own memories, but they are from so long ago they are more like dreams. 


While living in New York City I've always thought that staying here in the city, even if I miss nature, I am helping it more by not touching it, not having a car, taking up little space. After reading and listening to people who live in closer relationship to nature like John Slattery and Robin Wall Kimmerer, I've been thinking this distance only creates misunderstandings. I'm sure this painting would be a highly inaccurate account of the desert, even without the high frequency pink, but it is real to the dream. 


I also have to send a very real thank you to the staff at Assets for Artists and the Studios at Mass MoCA, and to all of the incredible artists I met there. You can read more about them at the link. 




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